Agenda for the conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease

May 15-17, 2016
Government of Canada Conference Centre
111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa ON

18:00 - 19:00 - Registration

(Algonquin Room)

19:00 - 19:15 - Tri-chairs introductory remarks

Dr. Gregory Taylor
Chief Public Health Officer, Public Health Agency of Canada

Mr. Jim Wilson
President, Canadian Lyme Disease Foundation

Dr. Daniel Gregson
Past-President, Association of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Disease Canada

19:15 - 21:30 : Public forum

(Algonquin Room, La Promenade Room, Rideau Falls Room, Freiman/Guigues Room)

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Organization: Public Health Agency of Canada

Date published: 2016-05-10

Monday May 16, 2016

8:00 - 9:00 - Registration

(Algonquin Room)

9:00 - 9:05 - Facilitator's welcome and introduction

Mr. Daniel Normandeau
Purpose: To clearly outline the intent of the conference, the agenda for the two days, and any administrative details.

9:05 - 9:15 - Opening remarks from the Minister of Health

Honourable Jane Philpott

9:15 - 9:20 - Welcome remarks

Elizabeth May, MP, Green Party of Canada

9:20 - 9:25 - Patients' groups opening remarks

Mr. Jim Wilson
Purpose: To allow time for a representative from the patients' community to provide opening remarks.

9:25 - 9:30 - Medical community opening remarks

Dr. Daniel Gregson
Purpose: To allow time for a representative from the medical community to provide opening remarks.

9:30 - 10:30 - Plenary - prevention, identification, treatment and management of Lyme disease

Purpose: Overview of the concerns regarding the prevention, identification, treatment, and management of Lyme disease.

Presentation: A Brief History of Lyme Disease and a Review of the U.S. Clinical Trials
Brian Fallon
, MD MPH - Professor of Psychiatry, Director, Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases Research Center, Columbia University Medical Center - Director, Center for the Study of Neuroinflammatory Disorders & Biobehavioral Medicine, New York State Psychiatric Institute

Presentation: Lyme Disease from the Perspective of a General Physician in Active Clinical Practice
Ralph Hawkins
, MD LLM FRCPC - Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Calgary, South Health Campus Hospital Site Lead for Division of General Internal Medicine

Presentation: Laboratory Diagnostics of Lyme Disease, Past, Present, Future
Raymond J. Dattwyler
, MD - Professor of Microbiology/Immunology and Medicine, School of Medicine, New York Medical College

Presentation: Lyme Disease Diagnosed by Alternative Methods and Similar Syndromes: Research Approaches to Take us Forward
David Patrick
, MD FRCPC MHSc, Professor and Director, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

10:30 - 10:45 - Break

(refreshments will be provided)

10:45 - 12:30 - Plenary discussion / opportunity for questions

(Algonquin Room)

12:30 - 13:15 - Lunch

(will be provided)

13:15 - 13:30 - Public forum overview

(Algonquin Room)

Mr. Daniel Normandeau
A summary debrief of the May 15 Public Forum

13:30 - 14:10 - Breakout Sessions

Breakout session 1 - Surveillance

(Rideau Falls Room)

Lyme Disease Surveillance in Canada
Nick H. Ogden
, BVSc DPhil - Senior Research Scientist, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada

The Ecologic, Epidemiologic and Molecular Aspects of Borrelia Burgdorferi Sensu Lato: Consequence of Diversity, Distribution and Genome Variations of Lyme Borreliosis Spirochetes
Nataliia Rudenko
, PhD - Biology Centre, Institute of Parasitology of Czech Academy of Sciences, Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic

Breakout session 2 - Guidelines and best practices

(Algonquin Room)

Evidence-Based, Patient-Centered Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Lyme Disease
Elizabeth Maloney
, MD - President, Partnership for Health and Healing

Treatment of Lyme Disease
William Bowie
, MD - Professor Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia

Breakout session 3 - Education and awareness

(Freiman/Guigues Room)

Creation of Standardized Educational Material for Public Health Care Providers Regarding Prevention, Identification, Treatment and Management of Lyme Disease Educational Gaps
Liz Zubek
, BSc Med MD CCFP FCFP - Family Physician, Shepherd's Hill Medical Clinic, Maple Ridge, BC
Alison C. Bested, BSc MD FRCPC - Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, University of British Columbia

14:10 - 14:25 - Break

(refreshments will be provided)

14:25 - 15:05 - Breakout Sessions (Continued)

Breakout session 1 - Surveillance (cont'd...)

(Rideau Falls Room)

Comparing Results and Predictions of Different Surveillance Approaches for Lyme Borreliosis: Canine Seroprevalence in New Brunswick as a Case Study
Vett Lloyd
, PhD - Professor, Department of Biology, Mount Allison University

Ontario's Lyme Disease Surveillance Program
Curtis Russell
, PhD - Senior Program Specialist, Enteric, Zoonotic and Vector- Borne Diseases Unit, Communicable Diseases, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Public Health Ontario

Breakout session 2 - Guidelines and best practices (cont'd...)

(Algonquin Room)

Current State of Lyme Diagnostics in Canada
Todd F. Hatchette
, MD FRCPC - Chief, Division of Microbiology, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Nova Scotia Health Authority Professor, Department of Pathology, Dalhousie University

Challenges of Post- Treatment Lyme Disease Syndrome (PTLDS): Will Persister Drugs Help to Cure PTLDS?
Ying Zhang
, MD, PhD - Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University

Breakout session 3 - Education and awareness (cont'd...)

(Freiman/Guigues Room)

Lyme Disease in KFLA: Health Care Professional Communication Strategy
Kieran Moore
, MD CCFP(EM) FCFP MPH DTM&H FRCP(C) - Associate Medical Officer of Health, Program Director of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Professor of Emergency and Family Medicine, Queen's University

Tickborne Disease Educational Materials and Methods from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Christina Nelson
, MD MPH FAAP - Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Vector-Borne Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA

15:05 - 16:15 - Break out session discussion / opportunity for questions

16:15 - 16:30 - Facilitator day 2 wrap-up

(Algonquin Room)

Mr. Daniel Normandeau

Tuesday May 17, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 - Registration

(Algonquin Room)

9:00 - 9:25 - Day three welcome

(Algonquin Room)

Mr. Daniel Normandeau
Purpose: Re-cap of the previous day (by breakout group), introduce the agenda for Day 3.

9:25 - 12:00 - Breakout Sessions

Breakout session 1 - Surveillance

(Rideau Falls Room)

Discussion / Next Steps
Purpose: Continued discussion. Discussion on ideas for consideration for the development of a federal framework.

Breakout session 2 - Guidelines and best practices

(Algonquin Room)

Discussion / Next Steps
Purpose: Continued discussion. Discussion on ideas for consideration for the development of a federal framework.

Breakout session 3 - Education and awareness

(Freiman/Guigues Room)

Discussion / Next Steps
Purpose: Continued discussion. Discussion on ideas for consideration for the development of a federal framework.

12:00 - 13:00 - Lunch

(will be provided)

13:00 - 15:00 - Conference summary and discussion

(Algonquin Room)

Mr. Daniel Normandeau
Purpose: Summary of breakout session discussions and next steps.

15:00 - 15:15 - Facilitator's closing remarks

(Algonquin Room)

Mr. Daniel Normandeau

15:15 - 15:30 - Tri-chair closing remarks

(Algonquin Room)

Dr. Daniel Gregson
Past-President, AMMI Canada

Mr. Jim Wilson
President, CanLyme

Dr. Gregory Taylor
CPHO, PHAC

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